Tapelo Xoki has been ruled out for Orlando Pirates. Image: FARPost

Tapelo Xoki has been ruled out for Orlando Pirates. Image: FARPost

BREAKING: Key Orlando Pirates star ruled out for the season!

Orlando Pirates will see one of their key players miss out on the last two league games as well as their Nedbank Cup final.

Tapelo Xoki has been ruled out for Orlando Pirates. Image: FARPost

Tapelo Xoki has been ruled out for Orlando Pirates. Image: FARPost

Orlando Pirates have announced that one of their key players is out for the remaining games of the season. 

Pirates will continue their charge for second spot in the DStv Premiership when they take on TS Galaxy.

TS Galaxy challenge for Pirates

Pirates are just one point away from Stellenbosch FC, who currently occupy that second and final CAF Champions League spot. The game against Galaxy will be Pirate’s final away game of the season. As tricky as trips to Mbombela can be, they will be hoping to walkaway with all three points. What makes a win imperative for the Buccaneers is their previous result. They suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Richards Bay FC, who secured at least a playoff spot at the expense of the Soweto giants. 

Furthermore, they will know that at the same time, Stellenbosch will be taking on the mammoth task of Mamelodi Sundowns. If you are going by the trajectory of Sundowns, who are yet to lose in the league, the Cape Winelands side are likely to drop points. That should give Pirates extra motivation to make sure they get maximum points to take charge of the race. 

Xoki ruled out for the rest of the season

But will unfortunately affect their run in, is the absence of one the team leaders in defender Tapelo Xoki. According to the Pirates website, the central defender has been ruled out due to a serious ankle injury suffered during training. They go on further to say he will need surgery for the injury which then suggests he will be out for a lengthy period. 

Besides Xoki, Pirates have another injury concern in Miguel Timm. The central midfielder is believed to be carrying a niggle. This will keep him out of at least the Galaxy game. 

Kick off for the game between Galaxy and Pirates is set for 15h00 on Saturday afternoon.